There are few things that come together, and make as much of a splash, as fruit salad. Topped with one of my favorite syrups, a combination of lime juice and honey, it is elevated to Royal status. Put in between a homemade shortcake and whip some fresh heavy cream, and you'll be toting your fork as though it's a scepter. Aaahhhh!
In 5 weeks, 4 days and 10 hours, I shall be on a plane to visit my family out west. My niece is getting married to a super wonderful guy and I can't wait to see everyone. My sister will of course throw a great party, and we will all eat until we are sick. Uh, that's how it's done!
Other than unintentional gluttony, there is a softer more delicate side to a wedding. It's like everything is done with your little finger in the air. Food is served on lace covered tiers and everything is bite-sized. Then there's all the other smoochy soft stuff like holding the veil, cutting the cake, kissing the bride; all very sweet and light gestures.
I figured I'd play around with something that would be perfect for wedding food so I created these little mini, bite sized sugar cookies that have the exact taste and texture of a strawberry shortcake. These sugar cookies, a recipe I have had for 30 years, is for soft, light and almost melt in your mouth cookies. They puff up like a shortcake would. And frosted with some perfectly rich butter cream they are complete only by topping with a succulent, bright and flavorful strawberry slice. My pinkie is rising just talking about them.
I'm realizing you could do this with almost every fruit, and create an entire plethora of light and airy, fruit colored sugar bites. Like green icing and a small kiwi. Or yellow with pineapple. Even orange with a bit of tangerine. Purple with blueberry would be fab, too. But today it is pink and red the colors of love.
Oh, it is going to be so fun. All of us listening to soft music, holding flowers, gently hugging and eating tiny little morsels of awesome food -- The fact that you can put 27 of these in your mouth in one sitting is irrelevant to my rant. Don't you just love weddings?
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When you cook a piece of meat slowly, you do it because you understand that something wonderful happens when you let time mesh flavors. This kind of care results in a slice of heaven that is beautifully colored, and fork tender. This metaphor could also apply to friendships, which all become more tender, more alike, and more important as time goes by.
This meal was made for friends, lovingly, consciously, tenderly.
I like to say 'radicchio,' I like to eat radicchio, and I love the write radicchio. So, it makes sense I love to COOK with radicchio!! Sweet potatoes also are a fan of this reddish, leafy cabbage kin. The lush bitterness is a perfect compliment to the heady sweetness of the taters. I gotta say that even though this was easy, it looks very impressive and tastes so GOOD! -- It's time for strawberries, and they work so well in a salad with spring greens, spinach, red pepper, cukes, red onions, and lots of fresh herbs. The dressing was a classic lemon, mustard vinaigrette. It is a go-to for me. I hope you like it, too! -- Paula Deen knows her bread. And now my friends know where to come for the most moist, flavorful, light, and impossible-to-resist biscuits. A bottle of Corona light beer, and 4 cups of Bisquick and you are in business! -- Finally, the theme of the evening. This slow roasted, herb crusted, white wine Au Jus accompanied pork loin...it is STILL breaking hearts 4 days later. -- MAKE THEM ALL!
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.